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Entry List: TireRack.com Grand Prix

2019 Road Atlanta IWSC Felipe Nasr Car Phil Allaway

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

This weekend’s TireRack.com Grand Prix at Michelin Raceway Laguna Seca was not originally on the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship schedule at the start of the 2020 season.  It was created to replace the Sahlen’s Six Hours at the Glen at Watkins Glen International, which was cancelled as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. For this …

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Olivier Pla Sets All-Time Fastest ROAR Lap in Qualifying Session

2019 Watkins Glen IWSC Timo Bernhard Car Phil Allaway

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

The height of on-track activity Sunday (Jan. 5) at Daytona International Speedway came during the qualifying session for DPi and LMP2 teams.  Mazda Team Joest’s Olivier Pla set a lap at 137.328 mph to lead the pack.  This is an unofficial track record for Daytona International Speedway’s road course. https://www.facebook.com/mazdamotorsport/videos/614550919301042/ Pla’s lap was two-tenths of …

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Mazda Team Joest Picks Up From 2019, Tops ROAR Day No. 1

2019 Daytona IWSC Oliver Jarvis Car Phil Allaway

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

Last year in Daytona, Mazda Team Joest’s Mazda RT24-Ps were the fastest cars in town during the Rolex 24 at Daytona weekend.  On Friday (Jan. 3), they brought the speed once again as Olivier Pla was fastest overall with a lap at 133.787 mph to top the day. Session No. 1 In the morning test …

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Mazda Team Joest Scores Debut Victory at Watkins Glen

2019 Watkins Glen IWSC Harry Tincknell Car Phil Allaway

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

Mazda has struggled on and off for the past five years in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.  Their car is fast, but they’ve had bad luck.  Sunday (June 30) saw Mazda Team Joest put it all together as Harry Tincknell, Jonathan Bomarito and Olivier Pla claimed overall honors in the Sahlen’s Six Hours at the …

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Olivier Pla Fastest in WeatherTech Sebring Thursday Practice

2019 Daytona IWSC Jonathan Bomarito Car Phil Allaway

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

Mazda Team Joest’s Olivier Pla was fastest overall in IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship practice Thursday (March 14) at Sebring International Raceway.  Pla’s lap of 126.027 mph is an unofficial IMSA track record for the current configuration. Practice No. 1 In the morning practice session, Action Express Racing’s Felipe Nasr was fastest overall in his Cadillac …

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Entry List: WeatherTech Championship Roar Before the 24

2018 Daytona IWSC Helio Castroneves Car Phil Allaway

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

The calendar has turned to 2019 and it’s already time for IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship teams to travel to Daytona Beach for three days of testing ahead of the Rolex 24 at Daytona.  After rumors of an oversubscribed field earlier in the offseason, an entry list of 47 teams has been revealed.  This is a …

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Toyota Dominates to Win 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps

2017 Monza WEC Nicolas Lapierre Car Marius Hecker AdrenalMedia.com

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Ultimately, there was no real drama in the the top class in the FIA World Endurance Championship’s season-opening 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps on Saturday (May 5).  The overall victory was all but decided Friday when the No. 7 Toyota was penalized for a incorrect fuel flow meter declaration.  The penalty forced the No. 7 to …

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Racing Engineering Wins 4 Hours of Le Castellet on Debut

2018 Paul Ricard ELMS Norman Nato Car Jakob Ebrey Photography

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The Racing Engineering ORECA 07-Gibson shared by Norman Nato, Paul Petit and Olivier Pla earned a somewhat unexpected victory in Sunday’s European Le Mans Series 4 Hours of Le Castellet at Circuit Paul Ricard.  It is the team’s first-ever start in the LMP2 class.  Previously, they were best known for fielding entries in the FIA …

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Tequila Patrón ESM Claims Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring Victory

2018 Daytona IWSC Johannes van Overbeek Car Phil Allaway

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On Saturday (March 17), Tequila Patrón ESM’s Pipo Derani, Nicolas Lapierre and Johannes van Overbeek claimed overall victory in the Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring presented by Advance Auto Parts.  For all three drivers, it is their second overall wins at Sebring.  Derani and van Overbeek won in 2016 with Tequila Patrón ESM, while …

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FIA WEC Unveils 2018-19 Full Season/Le Mans Entries, Moves Fuji Race

2017 Monza WEC Nicolas Lapierre Car Marius Hecker AdrenalMedia.com

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On Friday afternoon (European time), the FIA World Endurance Championship officially launched the 2018-19 season with an announcement in Paris.  The full-season entry list was revealed, containing 36 teams.  However, the biggest news was the shift of the 6 Hours of Fuji up by one week to Oct. 14. The Fuji move has been met …

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Entry List: WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Roar Before the 24

2017 Daytona IWSC Jeroen Bleekemolen Car Credit MBUSA Brian Cleary

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Over the past few weeks, there has been a lot of discussion about which teams will attempt the Rolex 24 in 2018.  The mandatory Roar Before the 24 test sessions in early January give viewers a look at who will be there.  As of Wednesday, there are 50 teams entered for the three-day test. On …

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Nicolas Lapierre, Olivier Pla Join Tequila Patron ESM for 2018 Enduros

2017 Watkins Glen IWSC Pipo Derani Car Phil Allaway

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On Tuesday morning, Tequila Patron ESM announced their endurance drivers for the 2018 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.  Regular drivers Ryan Dalziel, Pipo Derani, Scott Sharp and Johannes van Overbeek will be joined by Nicolas Lapierre and Olivier Pla.  The team has not made specific car assignments as of yet for the two European pilots. Team …

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